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  • Spin Control: Explaining Hanford takes pivot to hoops

    OLYMPIA – As most of official Olympia stared at their computers Thursday morning awaiting the state Supremes’ decision on tax supermajorities, a handful of legislators got a briefing on something …


  • Inslee: Six nuke-waste tanks leaking at Hanford

    YAKIMA — Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.


  • Report rips Hanford work

    RICHLAND – A strongly worded new report from a congressional watchdog agency questions whether an often-delayed and increasingly expensive waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site can …


  • Hanford documents show possible safety violations

    An investigation by the U.S. Energy Department has found that San Francisco engineering firm Bechtel may have committed a wide range of safety and health violations at a plant it …


  • Groups: Hanford study underpredicted levels

    A $27 million government study to estimate radiation doses received by the public from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s weapons factories is being called into question by other scientific organizations and …


  • Hanford nuclear plant shut down for refueling

    RICHLAND – Workers at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are nearly midway through the longest refueling outage in the 26-year history of the plant, which has come under …


  • Deputies say deaths may be suicides

    The Chattaroy couple found dead in a trailer home Friday tried to commit suicide in mid-October by overdosing on medication, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said. The …


  • Heavy security part of Hanford plant’s past

    HANFORD, Wash. – The Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford has lost much of its sinister look. Metal detectors, razor wire, guns and dogs have become part of its past.


  • Workers find more radioactivity at Hanford site

    Workers cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site have discovered an area of soil so radioactive it exceeds lethal limits tenfold, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today with …


  • Court approves new Hanford cleanup schedule

    The U.S. District Court in Spokane has approved a new schedule that delays the cleanup of radioactive waste from the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site by about 20 years.


  • Energy Department wants to remove Hanford reactor

    A key Department of Energy report is recommending that the K East Reactor be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford’s other reactors.


  • DOE: Hanford safety culture needs improvement

    Most workers believe the safety culture at the U.S. Department of Energy’s most expensive and most complex nuclear waste treatment plant is strong, but some worry they will face retaliation …


  • DOE endorses Hanford B Reactor for national park

    Hanford’s historic B Reactor should be included in any Manhattan Project National Historical Park, along with key Department of Energy property in Tennessee and New Mexico, DOE has told the …


  • Outside view: For Hanford to improve, Yucca must be an option

    This commentary from the May 9 Tri-City Herald is presented in place of the customary Spokesman-Review editorial. They aren’t exactly breaking new ground. A coalition of Northwest environmental groups recently …


  • Two Tri-Cities companies get $7 million Hanford building contract

    A team of two Tri-Cities businesses has won a subcontract worth nearly $7 million to design and build support buildings for Hanford’s huge landfill for low-level radioactive waste. Fowler General …


  • Wash. congressmen discuss nuclear fuel storage

    U.S. Reps. Doc Hastings and Jay Inslee say they will fight to keep the federal government from abandoning a proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada.


  • Hanford deadlines changing

    TRI-CITIES, Wash. – The Department of Energy and its regulators have agreed to new legally binding environmental cleanup deadlines for radioactive waste that has been temporarily buried at central Hanford …


  • New Hanford radiation cleanup deadlines proposed

    The Department of Energy and its regulators have agreed to new legally binding environmental cleanup deadlines for radioactive waste that has been temporarily buried at central Hanford since 1970.


  • Washington sues to keep Yucca alive

    YAKIMA – Washington state filed suit Tuesday to stop the federal government from permanently abandoning the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, marking the latest clash in a long-standing dispute over …


  • Wash. sues to stop feds from abandoning Yucca

    Washington state has filed suit to stop the federal government from permanently abandoning the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, marking the latest clash in a long-standing dispute over where the …


  • 2 charged in Hanford wire fraud

    A former Hanford manager and his wife are facing criminal charges for allegedly using a company credit card to spend $487,000 on personal items.


  • Hanford waste stranded by Yucca Mountain decision

    The tanks are still there, 177 in all, packed with 53 million gallons of radioactive waste. One million gallons have leached into the desert soil.


  • Hanford’s risks are large

    Even after billions of dollars are spent cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, radioactive waste could threaten the Columbia River for thousands of years to come. A government analysis shows …


  • In brief: Energy Department to discuss Hanford

    The cleanup of underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be the topic of a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Red Lion …


  • Swarm of small quakes in past year under Hanford

    In the past year about 2,000 small quakes have rattled an area under the Hanford nuclear reservation.


  • More ex-Hanford workers may be eligible for money

    More former workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation may be eligible for compensation for developing cancer due to radiation exposure.


  • Excavators unearthing a bottled-up history

    RICHLAND – A glass beer bottle with a faded label that says “brewed in Walla Walla.” Two children’s marbles. A 1938 Buick Roadmaster hubcap. Heavy white ceramic shaving mugs. And …


  • GAO suggests leaving more waste in Hanford tanks

    The Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department should consider leaving more waste in underground tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.


  • Editorial: Abandoning waste site undoes years of planning

    In 1987 – a full 42 years after the onset of the Manhattan Project – Congress settled on Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the permanent repository for more than 14,000 …


  • Hanford landfill may tell of history

    RICHLAND – Fifty-thousand people produce a lot of trash. Who knew their dumpsite could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places? A dusty, rural stretch of southeast Washington …

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